COVID-19: Provide Relief For Poor Nigerians, Lawan Tells Buhari
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has called on the Federal Government to immediately ways of providing relief for poor Nigerians whose daily livelihood will be affected as a result of the restriction on movement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement by Mr Ezrel Tobiowo, Special Assistant (Press) to the senate president on Thursday in Abuja, Lawan made the appeal at a meeting between leadership of the National Assembly, some ministers and heads of government agencies.
The senate president said that aside mulling a total lock-down of business activities in the country, a plan must be devised by the Federal Government through the release of funds.
He said specifically the funds should be for the purpose of purchasing food and pharmaceutical supplies for ordinary Nigerians.
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He warned that not making provisions ahead of time to address the basic needs of poor Nigerians may likely lead to more problems for the government, and less result in controlling the spread of the disease.
“Our prayer is that we are able to overcome this menace of COVID-19 in good time, because it is really taking a toll on our lives.
“If we have to eventually shut down our country, then as a government we must be prepared to have some relief for the most ordinary people.
“As a government, we must find our own money to fund something for our people, because the United States of America that is talked about or the British Parliament is because this involves public funds.